Parenting is one of the most awesome responsibilities on the planet. Effective parenting requires love demonstrated through dedication, commitment, and sacrifice. Each child is born with a purpose and certain innate qualities.
The goal of parenting is to guide children so that they learn to develop their strengths and make intelligent choices in their lives, choices which lead them toward a life of meaning and purpose and an outflowing concern for family, community, and humanity as a whole. Intelligent choices are based on the values instilled in children from an early age, coupled with the provision of appropriate care from infancy through adolescence.
Realizing that these steps are necessary to ensure the health and future success of our next generation, it’s important that parents, both young and old, possess the skills to provide their children with quality parenting throughout all the stages of their life. Unfortunately, development of such parenting abilities does not come naturally.
What parent has not wondered “Didn’t this child come with an instruction manual?” Therefore, offering a variety of parenting education classes to members of your community can be a wonderful way to secure the success of your community’s future leaders.
Your ministry’s parenting curriculum can include courses in a variety of subjects, both creative and traditional, and targeted to those who are newly expecting or those who have been parenting for years. Possible courses you may consider incorporating may include the following.
- Basic Infant Care
- Your Birth Experience
- Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
- Preparing for a Healthy Baby
- Refresher Birth Preparation Course
- Mommy and Me
- Moms Meeting Moms
- Parenting Teens and Tweens
- Parenting Special Needs Children
- Parenting Troubled Teens
- Calm Confident Discipline
- Ready to Launch-The Transition to an Empty Nest
Quality parent education programs focus on providing nurturing and healthy environments while also decreasing parenting practices and behaviors associated with child abuse and neglect. Participating parents develop and practice positive discipline techniques, learn age-appropriate child development skills, and receive support in increasing positive play and interaction with their children.
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